The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, check out a batch of outtakes from the pre-recorded sketches from the most recent season of Saturday Night Live. Plus, watch a fascinating roundtable discussion with television comedy actors Sean Hayes, Tracy Morgan, and more, and go behind the scenes of Harry Potter: The Exhibition, currently situated in Milan. Read More »
Indie directors and mumblecore royalty the Duplass Brothers are the latest filmmakers to jump to Netflix. The streaming service, which produces original content faster than the speed of sound, just inked a four-picture deal with Jay and Mark Duplass.
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Pay cable network Epix just launched its first scripted original series in 2016 with Berlin Station and Graves. For its third, show runner Davey Holmes has adapted Get Shorty. The series will apparently be closer to the Elmore Leonard source material than the 1995 movie which was based on the book.
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Ray Romano, fresh off the success of the critically acclaimed The Big Sick, will be reteaming with Martin Scorsese to join the cast of Netflix’s much-anticipated film, The Irishman.
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, and Bobby Cannavale are all set, or in talks, to appear in the adaptation of Charles Brandt’s mob book, I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran and the Inside Story of the Mafia, the Teamsters, and the Final Ride by Jimmy Hoffa.
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The Big Sick premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and I could not pay the romantic comedy enough compliments in my glowing review, so much that the marketing department even tossed up a pull quote on the trailer and the home page of the movie’s website. Thankfully, I’m not the only one gushing about this film as it’s currently sitting at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the entire /Film team named it as our favorite of Sundance.
The film follows a fledgling relationship between a Pakistani comedian (Kumail Nanjiani, playing a fictional version of himself), and a young white woman (Zoe Kazan as Kumail’s real-life wife Emily) that falls apart when the culture of Pakistani marriage threatens to tear them apart. But when Emily suddenly ends up in a coma with a mysterious illness, Kumail suddenly finds himself connecting with her parents (Ray Romano and Holly Hunter) as they wait to see if she’ll come out of it.
That may not sound particularly funny, but a new clip has just debuted featuring a hilariously awkward conversation between Ray Romano and Kumail Nanjiani about 9/11, and that should give you an idea of the great comedy that you’ll find in this movie.
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You might think it’s a little bold to proclaim that The Big Sick will be the best comedy of the summer. And while reactions from trailers can tend to be hyperbolic in the moment, in this case, we’ve actually already seen the movie in question.
The Big Sick debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and when all was said and done, it was the /Film crew’s favorite movie that premiered there. Now the first trailer for the movie written by comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his real life wife Emily V. Gordon has arrived, giving us a tease of the romantic comedy which adapts the writing duo’s surprisingly true love story. Trust me when I say the movie is hilarious, touching and absolutely worth seeking out this summer.
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The 2017 Sundance Film Festival came and went last month, and some of the /Film crew was up in the mountains to see the latest offerings in independent cinema. Our favorite movie from the festival ended up being The Big Sick, the remarkably true and touching story of how comedian Kumail Nanjiani and producer Emily V. Gordon met and fell in love. The film was picked up by Amazon for distribution in a major $12 million deal, and now The Big Sick release date has finally been set for this summer. Read More »
Earlier this summer, EPIX started working on a Get Shorty television show, reportedly based on both Elmore Leonard‘s novel and Barry Sonnenfeld‘s excellent adaptation. Unlike the source material and the 1995 film, Ernest “Chili” Palmer isn’t the protagonist of this story. EPIX’s adaptation centers around Miles Daly, a former member of the Nevada crime syndicate who will be played by Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd).
Below, learn more about the Get Shorty TV series.
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There’s not a lot of footage in this first Vinyl teaser, for the new HBO show from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter, but when it’s footage from or for a Scorsese project, we’ll take whatever we can get. The show is set in the world of ’70s rock, specifically oriented around a fictional record label called American Century Records.
Bobby Cannavale plays the president of the struggling label, and there’s a huge cast to play friends, hangers-on, and various band members and budding stars. Not that you’ll see any of them in this first Vinyl teaser, which is all about boiling the scene down to iconic images, like instruments, lips, money, and drugs. Read More »
If you want to rob someone for easy money and not have to worry about having the cops on your ass, who’s the best target? The mob probably isn’t the ideal choice because, well, it’s the mob. But for a couple of not-so-bright kids who didn’t think things through, it was enough to think that no one would prosecute them for knocking over a few wise-guy gambling clubs.
Rob the Mob is the story of those kids, played by Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) and Nina Arianda (Midnight in Paris), and follows them as they attract the attention of some naturally pissed-off gangsters, and the cops who realize the kids might be the ticket to a successful legal attack on a crime family. Check out the trailer below. Read More »